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The Soldier's Scoundrel (The Turner Series, #1)

A scoundrel who lives in the shadows Jack Turner grew up in the darkness of London's slums, born into a life of crime and willing to do anything to keep his belly full and his siblings safe. Now ... more

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TitleThe Soldier's Scoundrel (The Turner Series, #1)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseSep 20th, 2016
PublisherAvon Impulse
Rating
GenreRomance, Historical, M M Romance, Historical Romance, Historical Fiction, LGBT

The Soldier's Scoundrel (The Turner Series, #1) Reviews

  • Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
    Sep 12, 2016
    *Price drop to $0.99 at Amazon US, 10/31/16!*A lovely debut from Cat Sebastian. Historical M/M lovers have a new author to watch! In the past few years I've gone from reluctant historical romance reader to having historical romance be one of my favorite genres. There is something about having everything be so period-perfect, so refined and formal yet so wickedly explicit, that just gets me going. This book had all the right ingredients, and the story was beautifully told. I have a particular wea... more
  • Shile
    Nov 7, 2017
    5++++++ Stars Just try and ignore the cover the inside is worth it! “You’re mine,” Jack repeated, dusting kisses along Oliver’s jaw. “I’ve tried being without you, and it’s not any good, Oliver.”“It really isn’t,” Oliver agreed. “Let’s not do that again.”“Never again.”Damn! These MM historical are now creeping their way into my heart. I smiled, I laughed, I was a little heart broken and by the end I was one satisfied lady.After reading KJ Charles A Fashionable Ind... more
  • Ami
    Sep 30, 2016
    I had to take a second look when I first saw this cover ... I read quite a number of releases from Avon, but this might be the first time they had full-length M/M novel. Correct me if I am wrong, though. I have slowly started to love M/M historical regency romance for the past couple of years. So this made me all excited. I thought the romance was ADORABLE. The characterizations of Oliver and Jack, two men from different class in the society was well-told. It also has a well-written enemies-to-l... more
  • Kaje Harper
    Nov 7, 2016
    This book's cover doesn't do justice to the well-crafted historical romance it represents. There is far more plot, and atmosphere, and character, than sex in this one. Jack grew up in poverty, and he and his siblings have all clawed, and cheated, and conned, and fought (and also worked) their way up to a far better status. Jack works as a fixer of sorts - the kind of man a woman of quality can go to when she's been compromised, or blackmailed, or has lost a personal item in a revealing place. Ja... more
  • Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘
    Mar 31, 2018
    4.5 stars. Having now (binge)-read the entire series, I can say without doubt that Jack and Oliver's story is by far my favorite, even though the two sequels were also enjoyable. I'll be sure to write a review (soon, I swear), but for now these short notes will have to do. Its strengths, though : ◆ a disabled main character who won't be magically healed (thank you) "Oliver hadn’t been prepared for this aspect of his injury–always having to talk about it, always having to act faintly apolog... more
  • Sofia
    Nov 28, 2016
    Bravo - great debut - looking forward to moreI thoroughly enjoyed reading this. Having initially been put off by the cover, I decided to try it anyway after seeing friends enjoy it. This I'm glad I did, as I spent a good weekend with it.I was pleasantly surprised with the writing, with Jack and Oliver and the story. It's not a high angst adventure full of car carriage chases rather an exploration into the characters and their effect on each other and their growth because they allowed themselves ... more
  • Ingie
    Nov 28, 2016
    Review written December 19, 2016 4.4 Shiny Stars - A lovely romantic "men loves men" historical. Recommended!! The Soldier's Scoundrel is a quite new, by friends very much liked, historical M/M. It is (as I know) also Cat Sebastian's first novel and lucky was the e-book for just $1. — My big applauses, approval and liking. I cross my fingers for more from this pen. London 182x after the Napoleon war..« Jack Turner grew up in the darkness of London's slums, born into a life of crime ... more
  • Ally
    Jul 18, 2017
    This was perfection. The purest sort of perfection.Series: Oh yes and for that, I am most thankful.Sexy times: Spicy!Plan on reading more by the author: What do you think?Synopsis: Jack and Oliver meet when O wants to know why his sister is handing over good hard won cash to a man of such dubious regard and low of station. So off he goes to Jack's office where they have a moment...see Jack recalls seeing O get a BJ when Jack was once a valet. Keep in mind O is a gentleman, I may have forgotten ... more
  • Maja - BibliophiliaDK ✨
    Sep 9, 2019
    MY FIRST TRIP INTO M/M HISTORICAL ROMANCE - SUCH A TREAT!I have always loved historical romance but it actually never really occurred to me before that LGBT historical fiction was a thing. Once the thought entered my mind I searched Goodreads and came up with this book - and what a treat it was! Steamy, romantic and mysterious! "Really, your heart shouldn't stir when you watch a man eat pork pie" THE THINGS I LIKEDOliver and Jack: Those who are accustomed to reading my reviews know that I alwa... more
  • Andrea
    Jul 11, 2017
    So I was cleaning out my tbr pile, reading sample after sample of books I no longer remembered adding. After about 20 samples I couldn't take it anymore. I deleted most of them and went in search for something completely new, something different, something that didn't feel like the same generic characters stuck in the same situations. And voila! I found it! This has basically everything I ever wanted in a romance: the story of two loveably flawed people falling in love, without any random subplo... more
  • Christelle
    Sep 7, 2017
    I’m warming to historical MM romances, especially when well written. And Cat Sebastian did a great job, imo. Oliver is the son of an Earl, coming back from war with an injury leaving him limping and with a need for rules and order. Despite his charm and the privileges attached to his name, he’s lonely, restless but not oblivious to his sister’s predicament : being married to a brutal man. Which leads him to meet with Jack, a scoundrel according to his standards. But it’s not enough to pr... more
  • Martin
    Oct 29, 2016
    I rarely read historicals, but this one definitely caught my interest. I admit it was the rather bland title and the cheesy cover that had me download the sample, but I totally enjoyed Oliver Rivington's (the soldier) journey to meet the mysterious Jack Turner (the scoundrel).Returning from war as a wounded ex-soldier, Oliver is trying to find his footing in the world of the London gentry where he was born into a wealthy family. As the son of an Earl, he doesn't have to work and finds himself si... more
  • Melanie A.
    Jan 4, 2019
    5+ STARS!! Love was something one ought to cling to with both hands. JUST. AWESOME.There wasn't one thing I didn't like about this one! The plot, the characters and their backstories, the romance, the setting - and the fabulous narration by Gary Furlong (Audio: 5+ STARS!) - all came together to create some serious magic for me. The plot : Oliver Rivington, an earl's son recently returned from war, has been going over his sister's household accounts and finds that the sum of £200 was paid to... more
  • Caz
    Aug 31, 2016
    I've given this an A- at AAR, so that 4.5 stars rounded up.Cat Sebastian’s début historical romance is a thoroughly enjoyable, extremely accomplished piece of work that sees a prickly former-thief-turned-investigator working with the son of an earl to establish the identity of a blackmailer and falling in love along the way. This is no light-hearted romp, however; during the course of the story, the author explores the realities of the class differences lying between the two men and takes a l... more
  • Jay Northcote
    Dec 2, 2016
    I really enjoyed this. I'm not a big reader of historicals but grabbed this when it was on offer, and was very glad I did. Great writing and a nice balance of romance and plot. I loved both characters and was very invested in their relationship. Recommended!
  • Anyta Sunday
    Nov 22, 2017
    Cat Sebastian. I'm so glad I found you.
  • Mary
    May 31, 2017
    I'm late to the party because this book came out last year and I wish now that I had seen it right away because I love everything about it. Jack is the alpha character, all gruff and thinking he's a bad man when in actuality he's one of the best. Oliver is judgmental about his new acquaintance and then over the course of the book, just like it happens when you fall in love, he discoverers that Jack is kind and good and all of a sudden, gorgeous to boot. They are both good men, Oliver the classic... more
  • Richard Derus
    Jul 12, 2018
    Real Rating: 4.75* of five BECAUSE THERE WAS NOT ONE SINGLE SOLITARY AWFUL GHASTLY WINK More anon.
  • Pavellit
    Nov 24, 2016
    It's been a incredibly satisfying journey, following along with the way Gentleman Oliver and Private Investigator Jack interacts. They were both such strong and developed characters, circling each other so slowly...... And then— oh God—came in a surge of pleasure and no-regrets- boneless satisfaction. The book intertwines suspense, romantic and historical elements, but the power of love is much stronger than a compelling story of mystery-crime, blackmail, scandal. Despite the historical fa... more
  • Somia
    Jan 5, 2019
    4.5 STARS!My first-time reading M/M romance, and a historical romance at that so wasn’t sure what to expect. I was uncertain how such a romance would play out, with a HEA, within the framework of time it is set in, but it works – this is overall a well-crafted historical romance. Cat Sebastian has given us fab characters in Jack and Oliver (although I won’t lie Jack was my favourite). The interactions between the two were well written and ensured that I was transported away from where I wa... more
  • Wollstonecrafthomegirl
    Nov 15, 2016
    For a debut novel there's no getting away from the fact that this was very, very good. Sebastian has a strong voice and the plotting was sure footed and interesting. And (praise be!) it was as far away from the Avon Historical Romance Stereotype Generator and the Avon Historical Romance Project for the Promotion of Pointless Fruity Adjectives, as it's possible to get. It would be easy for an m/m novel to feel like a contemporary in long dresses (what's the male equivalent here? Leather jackets? ... more
  • haletostilinski
    Nov 21, 2017
    5 very happily given stars on this one!How ironic that I read this one last in the series when it has turned out to be my absolute favorite in the series. Oh man, I loved this one! I honestly can't find a thing to complain about with this because it was that good for me. Jack and Oliver had amazing chemistry, they were awesome and compelling together, and once they fell for each other they were incredibly sweet and tender with each other - my gosh, when Oliver said "my love" several times in thi... more
  • Ula'ndi Hart
    May 28, 2019
    Overall book rating: 4Audio Book: Gary Furlong - 4Book Cover: 1I don’t often do historical but this one was worth it. Really. A wounded soldier. I’m talking physically and emotionally here. And a hard ass lower class boy. They get together and they make me smile.In case you haven't guessed yet, this is “lazy review” mode but I have to say this.I really liked this story and the audio was also really great.No unnecessary “drama”. No childish antics. Just two guys who are both (NOT)-loo... more
  • Sophia Triad
    Nov 30, 2017
    What a delightful historical romance!Jack and Oliver. I loved these two together. Jack’s job mainly is to help powerless women with a number of problems including problems caused by their abusive husbands. As a scoundrel who has grown up in the darkest areas of London, he hates aristocrats and he never wants to be their servant again.Oliver is an ex soldier. After he got wounded badly, he resigned from the Army and now he tries to figure out what to do with his life and maybe understand what h... more
  • Annery
    Apr 5, 2017
    Well now I know where to look when I'm looking for something good to read: my own library! Apparently I had purchased this gem in a fit of good sense but then let it languish in my queue. Big mistake. This is one of the best historical romances I've rad in a long while. Period. That praise is not modified by genre. This is quite simply a gorgeous book about two people, who in this instance happen to be men, who fall in love and overcome odds to be together. And what wonderful and complicated men... more
  • Jo
    Nov 7, 2016
    “You’re never going to be anything other than good and honorable. And mine.” Jack Turner grew up on the streets of St. Giles. He comes from a family of criminals, and learned early on that crime pays well when you’re hungry and your siblings need taken care of. He’s built a reputation as a man who can fix the type of problems only tricks and schemes can. He doesn’t trust the nobility and refuses to prove assistance, even if the noble man in question is a gorgeous soldier who just re... more
  • Ulysses Dietz
    Mar 13, 2017
    The Soldier’s ScoundrelBy Cat SebastianAvon Impulse, 2016Five StarsI am particularly leery of historical fiction, which is why I’m correspondingly happy when I find a writer who does it well. Cat Sebastian’s rather ambitious effort to place a gay romance in the context of Regency England is a quiet tour de force in literate writing, elegant character-building, and careful attention to detail. This is neither Jane Austen nor William Thackeray, and yet Sebastian maintains a tone that is alwa... more
  • Amanda
    Sep 19, 2016
    This is a pleasant surprise especially from a debut author. Is rare for me to discover some good historical m/m and when I saw this book, I knew I gotta read it. Oliver Rivington, the son of Earl and an ex-army, returned to London with a busted knee. He is a straight laced gentleman and highly honorable. He expect things to be perfect order and people to respect the law. When he meet Jack Turner his belief and boundaries are sorely tested.Jack Turner might appear to be a morally corrupt scoundre... more
  • Sam (AMNReader)
    Aug 2, 2017
    Reread because 1) I'm rereading old favorites and 2) I had wanted to listen to this one.Rivington seemed unperturbed by Jack’s loss of temper. He rubbed has hand along his jaw. “In that case, we could pretend to be cousins by marriage. And then we can both act appalled by the connection.” Jack laughed, feeling his anger dissipate. I think, probably, my friends have all written better, more adequate reviews. And I'll tell you that this seems to be about the only book that hits the spot. The... more
  • Joanna Loves Reading
    Nov 29, 2017
    A couple general thoughts:1. The narrator was good with voices., but too smooth overall. It was lulling at times, and I could zone out too easy.2. Or maybe I could zone out because m/m is not for me? Not sure. Will have to give another go, but not as an audiobook.3. This was a lovely love story. I really enjoyed the ending. The mystery was interesting as well. I did not feel "wow, this is amazing" though. Again, it could just be me and m/m, or narration or maybe it was the story. It was good, be... more